This collection is the culmination of our first phase as a band: the three years from when Hannah first encountered kroncong groups in Java while studying under a Darmasiswa scholarship, to the time of our full-band residency in Bandung. As we release it, Andy is already in Bali on another round of field research on music in community, while the rest of us are preparing to fly to Bandung, after which Hannah, Natalie, and puppeteer Edward Breitner will stay on for another year of intensive study: Hannah pursuing a Fulbright scholarship on kroncong, Natalie a Darmasiswa on gamelan, and Edward a Darmasiswa on wayang (shadow theater).
Proud as we are of this work, we know we have barely touched the depths of this beloved music of Indonesia. Stay tuned for our next phase!
With deepest humility we offer this album as a free gift to all our global fans, friends, and family.
Special thanks to our teachers: Danis Sugiyanto, Peni Candrarini, and Stefanus Suprityanto, OK IBLIS, and OK Semar Mesem.
releases September 9, 2017
Performers, except where noted in individual tracks:
Hannah Standiford — voice, cak (soprano ukelele)
Jessica Zike — voice
Andy McGraw — selo (cello)
Kyle Dozier — cuk (tenor ukelele), bass
Paul Willson — violin, voice
Brandon Simmons — flute
John Priestley — guitar
Natalie Quick — bass, cuk
Brian Larson — percussion
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Recording, Richmond, Virginia.
Visual design by Beth Reid (bethreid.weebly.com) based on excerpts from her "Brer Rabbit" crankie, designed to accompany our version of John Henry.